Storm Stories: Starts Sunday; Submit Your Own

Have you ever watched Storm Stories on the Weather Channel? I haven’t seen it myself, but I’ve been hearing a lot about the Tornado Week episodes that premiere this Sunday. They’ll run every night through March 1; after that, the show airs every Sunday at 8 pm.

If you aren’t familiar, Storm Stories chronicles the true stories of survivors and rescuers battling amazing weather events. Hosted by storm tracker Jim Cantore, the series tells “harrowing, yet inspiring,” tales through first-person accounts and archived footage.

Here’s a rundown of what’s planned for Tornado Week:

Sunday, 2/22 – Features the May 2008 “Windsor Tornado” that touched down in northern Colorado, destroying much in its path, threatening a campground and a news crew, and ultimately hitting a daycare center.

Monday, 2/23 – The “Parkersburg, IA, Tornado” on May 25, 2008, killed seven people and demolished the southern half of the town; first-hand accounts are given by residents.

Tuesday, 2/24 – The “Greensburg, KS, Tornado” on May 5, 2008, wiped out the entire town. The story is told through the experiences of next-door neighbors who saved a mother and her baby from the rubble.

Wednesday, 2/25 – “Super Tuesday” tornadoes cut a swath over a wide area Feb. 5, 2008; touching stories come from people that were affected in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Thursday, 2/26 – The “Boy Scouts Tornado” hit the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in western Iowa last June, catching everyone off guard. The surviving scouts are forced to put their training to use in the midst of a terrifying situation to help keep injured scouts alive in the aftermath.

Wanna watch clips from the upcoming episodes? Go here for a variety of video that will give you a hint of what to expect during Tornado Week.


To mark the debut of the new season, The Weather Channel is giving viewers an opportunity to share their own “storm stories” online at Stories could be featured in an upcoming episode. Note that this is supposed to start today, but I don’t see it on their site quite yet. Check back!


If you live in a tornado-prone area, I’d suggest reading up on our tornado safety tips. Take the time to Be Red Cross Ready; we want your storm story to have a happy ending!